John Powell has been the Director of Economic Development and Tourism at the District of Tumbler Ridge since April 2016. John supported the development of a Northeast Mobile Business Licence partnership and the District partners in the BizPaL program.
Previously, John was the Economic Development Officer for the District of Okanagan-Similkameen and prior to that, the Thames Strategy Coordinator for the River Thames in London, England. He joined the Community Futures Peace Liard Board of Directors in 2017.
In 2018 and 2019 in Dawson Creek, John acted a “Dragon” (judge) for the South Peace Junior Dragons’ Den. Modelled after CBC’s “The Dragons’ Den”, students from Grades 7 to post-secondary level pitched their business ideas to John and other friendly dragons for cash, prizes and a chance to compete in the Junior Dragons Den provincial championships.
John has an undergraduate degree in Countryside Planning from the University of Gloucestershire, England and a master’s degree in Tourism Management from the University of Westminster, London.
He and his wife reside in Tumbler Ridge with their two children and dog.
John joined the Small Business Roundtable in 2020.